Chemistry and Biochemistry

Graduate Students

The Master of Science degree in Chemistry provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles of chemistry and application in detail to advanced problems. This understanding will be gained through core and elective course work, independent study and research. The program is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills and techniques to reach the applicant's particular objective, whether it be for a successful career in teaching or industry or to pursue further graduate work.

Admission to the Program

An applicant for admission to the graduate program in chemistry must have:

  • Received a baccalaureate degree in chemistry or in a related discipline, including at least 24 semester (36 quarter) units of chemistry courses. An applicant lacking these qualifications may be admitted subject to a review of the student's academic background by the departmental graduate program committee.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 and an average of 3.0 in chemistry courses.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.  At least two of the recommendation letters should be from chemistry faculty.
  • The GRE is not required.
  • Personal statement: Please address why you are interested in a Chemistry MS program, what your career goals are, and your research experience (if any).

A limited number of students not meeting these requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis if facilities permit. Such students must meet requirements stipulated in the statement of conditional admission within the time limit specified, to remain in the university.


Each selected applicant, in consultation with the graduate coordinator, will design a program that fits their educational needs (see also course descriptions). The program will include required courses, a selection of elective courses (these can be focused in an area of specialization if desired), independent study and a thesis. It will normally constitute 30 semester units of credit.